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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 23, 2007 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A Sad Day Indeed (non-grateful dead)

http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2007/02/23/dennis_johnson_ex_celtic_star_dead_at_age_52/

I was lucky enought to get to see him play on those championship teams in the 80's in the old Garden and always though that his contributions were always overshadowd by the bigger names (Bird, Parrish, McHale - even Ainge somewhat) but that without him there wouldn't be a couple of banners hanging from the rafters.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-02-23 16:17:45

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Poster: Compsurfah_Too Date: Feb 23, 2007 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sad Day Indeed (non-grateful dead)

Dennis Johnson was one of the most under-rated players in the NBA. He hasn't received his due. Gone far before his time.

The 80's Celtics were simply the best... DJ was an integral part.

Rest-In-Peace... DJ


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Poster: bluedevil Date: Feb 23, 2007 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sad Day Indeed (non-grateful dead)

I agree that DJ was incredibly underrated - he was the type of player that always found a way to win and made those around him better.

However, I think Magic, Big Game James, and Kareem may have a little something to add to any discussion of the better team in the 80s....

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 23, 2007 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sad Day Indeed (non-grateful dead)

1987, Eastern Conference finals vs. Detroit.

Yes, the incomporable Larry Bird stole the Isiah Thomas in-bounds pass, but DJ read the play esp-style and was cutting to the basket even before Bird had the ball.

He then hits the lay-up with his non-shooting hand to give the Celtics the lead and the game w/one second left, and ultimately, the series.

Bird called him the best teammate he ever played with.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Feb 23, 2007 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Sad Day Indeed (non-grateful dead)

I still hear Johnny Most making the call